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Feeding an appetite for community service

April 12, 2005|by Marie Gilbert/Staff Writer

By the time Jim Colvey had arrived at the Wilson Ruritan Club Saturday morning, he had worked up a hearty appetite.

"It's not even 9 o'clock and I've already taken care of a bunch of chores," the Hagerstown resident said. "Now I'm ready for my reward."

His reward was an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with a side of freshly-butchered sausage.

"It's one of the best meals around," Colvey said. "If you leave here hungry, it's your own fault."

The breakfast was sponsored by the Wilson Ruritan Club, located west of Huyetts Crossroads.

According to Keefer Martin of Williamsport, charter member and club treasurer, the breakfasts are held throughout the year, with the exception of summer. A country butchering also is sponsored by the club.

"We take orders for pork items ahead of time, and people can pick up their orders during the breakfast," Martin said.

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Proceeds from the breakfasts benefit the community. The Ruritan gives about $8,000 to such groups as Little League, and it awards a number of scholarships. In November, the club offers free breakfasts to veterans.

This was the last butchering and breakfast until the fall, and the offerings might be missed.

"Sometimes we have over 500 people who show up," Marin said.

Marie and George Shinham of Cearfoss are regulars at the Ruritan-sponsored breakfasts.

"We try to come as often as we can," Marie Shinham said. "The food is wonderful."

The couple picked up an order of pork items, which they purchase throughout the year.

"We live in Arizona during the winter," Marie explained. "So we buy pork in the fall and take it with us."

Helping to clean up and bus tables were several members of Cub Scout Pack 102. Cub Master Bob Hockenbury said the pack has been helping with the Ruritan breakfasts for about six years.

"The Ruritans make donations to our pack so this is our way of saying thank you," he said.

In addition to working the breakfast, Hockenbury, a Clear Spring resident, enjoys the food.

"I usually don't like pancakes; but this is the only place where I will eat them," he said. "There's something special about the way they make them."

Nine-year old Patrick Firestein of Clear Spring was one of the Cub Scouts who donated his time during Saturday's breakfast.

"I help out a lot," he said. "It's fun."

He also had a chance to sample the breakfast and gave his seal of approval.

"The sausage is the best," he said.

Cub Scout Peter Hockenbury, 10, of Clear Spring, agreed. "I clean up tables and wash trays. Then I get to eat breakfast," he said. "The sausage is definitely my favorite."

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